SOLUTION TO NHS 'BED BLOCKING' CRISIS
- 02 Jun
Problems that are encountered with care aren't just affecting individuals but a great impact on NHS as a whole.
In February, Lord Carter's review of English Acute Hospitals revealed that "8,500 hospital beds were taken each year by medically fit patients". Care Industry News, reports.
This, in turn, affects the whole NHS regarding admissions and elective procedure rates: Bed-blocking or delayed transfer of care is drastically affecting some aspects of hospital care,
According to a report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman published a week ago,
"Some families had been left 'devastated' by the treatment of their relatives."
It found that numerous patients were discharged too quickly- or being compelled to stay in the hospital because there was nowhere else for them to go.
The report blamed poor planning and inadequate communication regarding admissions, transfers and discharge policies."
Enham Trust is one of the charities attempting to help the situation:
A major issue raised by the Ombudsman report was 'delayed transfer of care'- bed blocking:
"When patients cannot be discharged from hospital because there is no suitable environment, with the necessary care, rehabilitation and therapy, for them to retreat to- available to people needing a place to stay can be paid for privately, or with local authority funding."
Enham Trust has done the following:
- Opened new residences called the Cedar Park Apartments exactly for this purpose.
- These apartments have the following amenities- furnishings, with wet room, kitchenette, fridge and microwave, a private patio with rural views and storage facilities
- They also offer short-term care packages for each individual- three meals a day can be made available, as well as a range of therapies, support and activities
- Care provision is also available on site 365 days a year, 24 hours a day
Enham Trust's Chairman, Khalid Aziz believes "it's time to rethink the system and says if there were more residencies like Enham Trust's Cedar Park Apartments available for patients leaving the hospital, it could make a significant difference to individuals and the NHS as a whole."
For comments on this, tweet @suppsolutions
- 03 Nov
THERE IS AN INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS WHO WAIT LONG HOURS IN AMBULANCES BEFORE BEING ATTENDED TO
Reports by The Guardian shows details from the FOI requests which found that:According to the shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth:"These figures show an ambulance service pushed to the brink by...
- 08 Aug
DATA REVEALS THAT OVER 40% OF MATERNITY WARDS IN ENGLAND REJECTED EXPECTANT MOTHERS AT LEAST ONCE LAST YEAR
The data which was the outcome of a Freedom of Information request reveals the following:Jonathan Ashworth, the Shadow health secretary, said:"These findings show the devastating impact which Tory...
- 04 Aug
PARENTS AND CHILDCARE PROVIDERS ARE FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO ACCESS SERVICES ON THE "CHILDCARE CHOICES" WEBSITE
Many parents have reported problems while using the Childcare Choices website in May and struggled to register on it. However, HMRC apologised for the inconvenience, saying it had improved the...
- 01 Aug
HOSPITAL BUILDING PLANS TO CLOSE FOR A YEAR DUE TO FIRE SAFETY PROBLEMS
After a review of buildings, 52 inpatient beds will be moved from the trauma unit of John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, on the 4th of August.According to the NHS trust overseeing the site, a...
- 26 Jul
THERE IS INSUFFICIENT CARE AVAILABLE FOR CHILDREN WITH SERIOUS MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS
New figures on mental health showed the following:The author of an EPI report on children's mental health, Emily Frith, said:"Being in hospital for a mental health condition can be a disturbing...
- 20 Jul
REPORT WARNS THAT VULNERABLE ADULTS ARE BEING LET DOWN BY SOCIAL WORKERS AND CARE PROVIDERS
According to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman review:Local government and social care ombudsman, Michael King, said:"While I appreciate the complex emotional and practical decisions...
- 14 Jul
ONE OF SCOTLAND'S LARGEST HEALTH BOARDS HAS OVERSPENT ON CARE SERVICES
Prior to a meeting of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (IJB) today, the following figures emerged:The entire NHS Lothian budget shows a funding gap of £22.4m and the IJB agreed to savings of...
- 07 Jul
SURVEY FINDS THAT MENTAL HEALTH DEMANDS ARE EXPECTED TO INCREASE THIS YEAR
The poll by NHS Providers suggests the following:Louise Rubin of the charity, Mind, said:"We are concerned that people coming forward and seeking help for mental health problems are not getting the...
- 16 Jun
ADASS ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR SOCIAL WORKERS ON HOW TO PROTECT VULNERABLE ADULTS FROM SCAMS
The guidance by the ADASS includes the following:Vice President of ADASS, Glen Garrod, said:"Carers, families and neighbours need to be more aware of abuse, which can see older and disabled people...
- 07 Jun
THE WELSH GOVERNMENT PAYS BACK TO FAMILIES WHO WRONGLY PAID CARE HOME FEES
A Welsh Government spokesman said:"Earlier this year we introduced an amended process in order to accelerate the speed at which claims are processed."We have also developed common reporting criteria...
Support Solutions 5th National Housing Support & Social Care Conference 2014 Good organisation from beginning to end. Excellent keynote speaker. Relevant and important topics for discussion which were to everyone's advantage within the supported housing sector. B.H - Stevenage Haven